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Do You Know Who You Are Inviting Into Your Home?

Make sure you are working with a licensed, legitimate contractor!

 

It’s a shame, but it happens all of the time. There are people passing themselves off as legitimate roofing contractors. They knock on people’s doors or leave flyers. Some unsuspecting homeowner calls these people. They come to the home, and they offer a deal that seems too good to be true on some roofing work. Well, it usually is too good to be true.

Plenty of people can hammer shingles. They can get familiar with the tools and maybe learn how to do a few things. But what happens in five or six months when that cheap work begins to have major trouble? Do you still have the individual’s phone number who did the work? Does that phone number still work? Unfortunately, in the trades, we  don’t just hear about these horror stories; we see them too often. By hiring these fly-by-nighters, it may lead to a bad and expensive outcome for the homeowner.

There are ways you can protect yourself. First of all, before allowing anyone to work on your home, do some quick research. Visit the Better Business Bureau® website and see if you can find the company. See if they have an internet presence. Lastly, insist that the contractor supplies you with their licensing and references of past clients—and I recommend asking for addresses and phone numbers. Contact these people on your own. Get the real scoop!

You can avoid all of that trouble and stick with a company that you know has your best interest at heart, Schneider Roofing and Remodeling. You know that we are completely licensed and have an outstanding BBB record. In addition, we insist that all of our roofing technicians are drug tested, background checked, and highly trained. Furthermore, we offer some outstanding guarantees and warranties—and we don’t disappear if you have trouble and need us to come back. We’re here to stay. You can call us at 314-378-6623 any time you have a roofing need and know you are in good hands!

Six Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Harsh Winter

 Avoid nasty and expensive repairs!

Winter means a lot of things! Chilly mornings. Inclement weather. Dressing in layers. And as your friendly roofer, I can tell you that it means roof damage! It’s like clockwork… Every winter we have unfortunate homeowners who need us in a hurry because a leak has unexpectedly sprung.

There’s nothing more aggravating than when a pricey problem pops up. To help you avoid the frustration, aggravation, and concern of an emergency repair, here are six steps to prepare your roof for the harsh winter!

1. Start off by checking the roof-framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas. If you do see an area that looks uneven, this may mean damage to the roof deck below the shingles.

2. Inspect the gutter systems to make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves, or other debris. This is important to ensure that rain water and snow have a way off of the roof. If the water or snow is left standing on the roof, there is an increased likelihood of leaking or ice damming.

3. Make sure that gutters are fastened properly and are tight and secure so that they don’t cause overflow or buildup—or fall off the fascia board. Leaking water can end up causing damage not just to your roof, but also to your interior walls.

4. Check the valleys of the roof to ensure that they are free and clear of debris that can add weight to the roof and also act as a barrier to rain and snow. Leaks frequently occur in the valleys so make sure they are well protected by a proper roofing system.

5. One of the most common causes for roofing leaks is due to problems with flashing. Flashing is the aluminum or metal material that is used in roof-to-wall transitions over joints to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage. Metal flashing should be used around roof vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys. Remember that flashing can be loosened or torn by high winds and heavy rains, so inspect the areas annually.

6. Lastly, you should walk around to carefully inspect the shingles on the roof—look for curling edges, missing granules, and certainly for missing shingles or damage from birds, rodents, or squirrels.

Roof Ventilation

Roof VentilationKeep your roof from rotting away and developing mold problems.

You count on your roof to protect your family from the harsh sun and nasty weather. And it seems to be doing its job…. After all, you don’t notice any leaks! What you may not realize is your roof is prematurely aging. The roof you  expected to last several years may be withering away… and you just haven’t noticed it yet. In fact, your roof’s lifespan could be cut in half!

In the fall and winter months, the temperatures outside begin to drop, and so does the temperature inside your attic. At some point, it will get cold enough that you’ll turn on your furnace. The warm air from your furnace will rise from your home into your attic. When it hits the cold attic air, it forms moisture. If your attic is properly vented, moisture isn’t a problem. The natural flow of air through your vents will quickly dry it. However, if your home is one of the 90% that aren’t ventilated properly, moisture can’t dry! Instead, it sits and festers in your attic.

The moisture can attract insects like termites. Eventually, the moisture will cause your roof to rot! Before you know it, you may need to replace your roof that’s only five or six years old!

But this premature aging process isn’t the only thing your roof might be suffering from… Moisture in an attic is an absolute breeding ground for mold. If you have an asthma or allergy sufferer in your household, they could experience severe agitation from this mold growth. In fact, maybe they’ve been enduring this for years — this could definitely be the case if you have an older roof not installed by Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, and you have NOT had your roof inspected in a long time.

Experts recommend homeowners have their roofs inspected at least once annually. It’s the best way to avoid any large problems from developing — by eliminating potential issues immediately.

 

Quality Customer Service Shows in our Reviews

Quality customer service is the most important thing at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling. We take our commitment to our clients seriously. We are in the business of building relationships and not just replacing a roof. We work and live in St. Charles County and will be here for a long, long time. We know that if we don’t do our job right, we won’t have a job for very long. We are experts in roofing and siding and will give you honest feedback and fair pricing each and every time. Our customers agree!

To learn more about our company, our philosophy and our customers’ experiences, check out our video page.

For additional information about our company or your specific situation, please call (314-378-6623) or email the experts at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.

Selecting a St. Louis Roofing Contractor You Can Trust

handshake tanWhen wind, hail and other extreme weather conditions strike, they can leave homeowners in a vulnerable position. Before you sign with just any roofing contractor, it is important to know your rights according to the law, and how you can find reliable, honest roofing professionals in your area. Below are 12 tips the Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance provide to help homeowners select a St. Louis roofing contractor that you can trust.

 

1. Beware of unusually close relationships between insurance adjustors and roofing contractors. If it feels like a collusion situation, it probably is. Insurance adjustors are supposed to appraise the damage to your roof and then hand you the report. From there you have the opportunity to select the contractor of your choice. It is also important to note that contractors cannot make special offers to you in order to get you to sign.  According to Missouri law, incentives, deductions, free upgrades, etc. are a form of insurance fraud.

2. Know the warning signs.  Remember that storms can be very localized, with some homes in a neighborhood suffering extensive damage while their neighbors are not. Factors like wind direction and roof pitch determine how much damage is sustained, and warning signs like blown shingles, tattered edges, granule loss, dents and holes are a good indication that your roof needs repair. While these warning signs seem obvious, inspectors sometimes miss them. In such cases, a trusted roofing contractor can act as an advocate on your behalf.

3. Make certain the roofer is licensed and bonded.  Ask to see the roofing contractors license. Make certain they are bonded, and ask about prior bankruptcies and changes in management.

4. Ask the roofer for references.  Follow up with calls to former customers. If they live in your area, you can drive by their house to inspect the roof yourself. Be wary of any contractor who hesitates to provide references, or whose references have complaints.

5. Inquire about the roofer’s history.  Ask how long the roofer has been in business. Talk to the contractor about past projects that mirror your current situation and needs.

6. Discuss different types of roofing materials.  Professional roofing contractors should be willing and able to discuss various types of roofing materials with you, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each, including warranty information and life expectancy.

7. Find out whether the roofer plans to tear off or recover your current roof.  Ask why they are making that recommendation, and inquire about the additional costs involved.

8. Find out who will be working on your roof.  It is important to know whether a roofing contractor uses his or her own employees or sub-contractors. Ask who is in charge, and whether the foreman will remain on-site to supervise the other workers.

9. Discuss both the maufacturer’s and the roofer’s warranties.  Manufacturers and roofing contractors provide different warranties. Ask the roofer how product and installation issues are resolved, in case they should arise with regard to your roof.

10. Obtain a quote in writing.  When hiring any type of contractor, it is especially important to get everything in writing. Contracts may be filled with small print and “legalese” and it is important that you read every single word in order to understand exactly how the pay structure will work. It is critical to get a clear idea of the price of the job, and any eventualities that could cause an increase in cost. Compare the prices of roofing candidates, and if one offers an exceedingly low or high price, investigate the reasons for the discrepancy. Note that when a contractor does not feel they are being fairly paid, they may choose to file a mechanic’s lien against you, which places the burden on your property and prevents you from selling or making other changes. It is vital to ask for a release of liens before you pay the contractor, and it is especially important to obtain a release as you make your final payment.

11. Cancel within five days of signing a contract.  According to Missouri law, homeowners who felt pressured to sign a contract that they weren’t comfortable with have five days to cancel. If a contractor tells you otherwise, know that legal action is an option.

12. Check out the RSCA website. This website is an excellent resource for finding outstanding St. Louis roofing contractors. All of the RSCA’s members have been in business for a minimum of three years and many are family-owned generations-old commercial and residential roofing contractors. RSCA members are also members of the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, and many of them have A+ ratings.


Fire Protection Month

safetyFall is full of so many fun events and holidays, like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yet, during fall there is an important, yet much less celebrated observance. The month of October is also known as Fire Prevention Month.

According to the Home Safety Council, more than 3,000 people die from fires each year. Eighty percent of those occur while in the home; the majority of those happen when people are sleeping. And according to the National Fire Protection agency, 62 percent of home-related fire deaths resulted because the home didn’t have smoke alarms, or the alarms were not functional. So, if your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing them. Below are some helpful tips that you should consider.

• Never plug multiple items into the same electrical outlet or circuit. If an electrical appliance smokes or smells unusual, unplug it immediately and have it serviced.

• Make sure light bulbs are the recommended wattage for all of your light fixtures.

• Keep baking soda or salt near your stove to extinguish grease fires. Don’t use water, which will spread the flame.

• Keep your stove’s exhaust fan and range hood free of grease. Keep the cooking area free of combustibles.

• Never leave cooking unattended. Turn pan handles inward so they don’t hang over the edge of the stove.

• Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Teach children these are dangerous items to be used by adults only.

• Never use an extension cord on a permanent basis and avoid running them under rugs.

• Never install a double-cylinder deadbolt lock on your exit doors. They require a key to unlock from the inside. When you need to exit in a hurry, this lock can be deadly.

• Don’t place hay, straw, or other combustible materials beneath your home.

• Don’t smoke in bed or when you’re drowsy. Fires created by cigarettes cause more deaths than any other kind of fire. Run butts and ashes under water before disposing. Or better yet, don’t allow smoking in your home.

• Never leave home with the clothes dryer running. Clean dryer vents frequently. Clean lint screens after each load to keep the airway clear.

• Never block doors or windows with furniture or other objects.

• Store flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, etc., in approved containers outside your home, but not under your home.

• Make regular safety checks of your home’s major systems or hire a professional to inspect them. Check for cleanliness, proper functioning and loose connections for your heating and cooling system, fuel lines, water heater, electrical, appliances and plumbing.

Not only do we value you as a client, we value you as friends. The last thing we’d ever want to hear is your home is damaged by a fire… or worse. Go through this checklist and double check that your family is completely safe and secure.

Baseball Trivia

postseason baseballIt is that time of year again Cardinals fans!! It just wouldn’t feel like October if the Cards weren’t playing baseball! To help get in the spirit (as if we needed any help…), here are some baseball trivia questions (answers are at the bottom of the list). See how many of these you can identify!

1. I was known as “The Flying Dutchman” and was a charter member of the Hall of Fame, elected in 1936.

2. I am also in the Football Hall of Fame (as a player) and in the Baseball Hall of Fame as an umpire.

3. During the latter years of my life, I was known as “Baseball’s Greatest Living Player,” but, in fact, I was not elected to the Hall of Fame during my first few years of eligibility.

4. I was known as “The Grey Eagle” when I roamed centerfield during the first quarter of the 20th century.

5. I have the highest percentage of votes ever garnered for an elected member of the Hall of Fame.

6. We played in different eras, but both of us suffered tragic and premature deaths, so any waiting periods before our admissions into Cooperstown were waived.

7. I was honored to be called the “Grand Old Man of Baseball.”

8. I am the only player in the Hall of Fame to pitch 10 seasons in
which I posted a winning record in each of those years. In fact, my lowest winning percentage was .643.

 

 

 

 

Answers
1. Honus Wagner
2. Cal Hubbard
3. Joe DiMaggio
4. Tris Speaker
5. Tom Seaver
6. Lou Gehrig and Roberto Clemente
7. Connie Mack
8. Babe Ruth

Be Prepared For Natural Disasters

Natural Disaster SignNatural disasters can happen at any time and impact any part of the country. Some disasters provide warning, although many others do not. That’s why it’s important that you’re prepared for the worst at all times. It’s not that difficult to do. Below are some things that you can do to be prepared.

Prepping Your House:
• Find out where utility shut-offs are for water, power, and gas.
• Store household chemicals on a bottom shelf of a closed cabinet.
• Keep all tree and shrub limbs trimmed so they don’t come in contact with wires.
• Store combustible or flammable materials in approved safety containers and keep them away from the house.
• Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.

Food & Water:
• Plan for a minimum of three cans of food per person, per day, for a week. Additional food should be stored in the garage. Pay close attention to how the packaging will hold up to damp environments. Cans may rust
unless you protect them—a good way to protect items from damp storage is to put them individually in airtight bags and then pack them inside a food-grade plastic bucket (with lid). Don’t forget a manual can opener!
• Plan to have about 15 gallons of water per person (2 gallons per person, per day for 1 week). Large food-grade, 55-gallon plastic drums are ideal for bulk-water storage. Remember that these water bottles will need to be rotated since they have a limited shelf life unless water treatment is used. Remember also that your water heater in the house is typically 50 gallons and may be used.

Other Important Items:
• Make sure you have a complete first-aid kit. Consider keeping extra prescription medications inside the kit and rotate them to avoid expiration.
• Have multiple flashlights available with a bounty of batteries for back-up.
• Have several battery-powered AM/FM hand radios.
• Make a list of important phone numbers.
• Have a stock of toilet-tissue rolls, paper towels, and premoistened towelettes.
• Keep all-purpose liquid soap on hand.
• Have tooth brushes and paste.

Finally, you should have an emergency plan that includes escape routes and meeting places. Choose both a nearby meeting place and an out-of-state relative to be your check-in contact for the family. Test/role-play your emergency plan with all members of your family present.